German panel brings concerns on Scientology to Washington - 1998-02-28

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F15.png German panel brings concerns on Scientology to Washington February 28, 1998, Jack R. Payton, St. Petersburg Times

So from Monday through Friday, the Germans met with members of Congress, officials at the State Department, scholars, religious leaders and opinion makers. The plan is for the commission to report back to parliament by early summer, recommending legislation to deal with what they call "so-called sects and psychological groups."

Schatzle said the commission's U.S. visit and its investigations in Germany had given it a much deeper understanding of what Scientology is about.

"We've seen the two faces of Scientology," she said. 'We've seen the sunny and open face presented by the celebrities, but we've also seen the dark face, the people who are victims of extortion and fraud."


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